APPENDICES Freedom of Information Act During 2003/04 there were no requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Privacy Management As a public sector agency, the NSW Cancer Council is required to comply with the terms of the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The Cancer Council holds a range of personal information including names and addresses for fundraising purposes, customer and supplier names for our retail business and details of participants in research studies. As our commitment to the security of confidentiality is resolute, we aim to apply best practice to ensuring privacy is protected and respected. The Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2002) NSW (HRIPA) provides NSW with a single privacy framework for health information for both the public and private sectors. While a privacy audit, completed in September 2003 demonstrated compliance with current privacy legislation, our Privacy Management Plan is under review as compliance requirements for the HRIPA, due to come into effect as of September 2004, are reassessed. In preparation, a broad implementation plan is being developed which will include another privacy audit and training materials for all staff. During 2003/04, there were no applications received for internal review under Section 29 of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act.
Ethnic Affairs Priority Statement Recruitment We have policies and guidelines in place to ensure that equity principles are a core component of our business. Recruitment and selection procedures are conducted in accordance with Ethnic Affairs Guidelines.
Servicing culturally and linguistically diverse communities NSW Pap Test Register activities for culturally and linguistically diverse communities included: •
Brochures informing women of the register provided in 22 languages;
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) promoted in all register resources, around 300 women contact the register annually via the interpreting service;
When a woman’s details are first recorded on the register, she receives a ‘welcome letter’ outlining the purpose and benefits of the register and their rights as a registrant. The information is repeated in brief in 10 languages and the TIS number is promoted.
Our multicultural cancer information service provided Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian and Chinese communities with cancer information and support. The service was relocated from head office to our Greater Metropolitan Sydney headquarters in Parramatta during the year and staffing was increased. The team is now in a much stronger position to proactively service their respective communities. The Living with Cancer Education Program is an information and support program run by health professionals for people with cancer and their carers. Participants interact and share their experiences, learn about cancer and cancer treatments, and develop practical skills for coping. The program is now being offered for Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Vietnamese-speaking communities.
NSW CANCER COUNCIL · ANNUAL REPORT 2003/04
Cancer Council NSW Annual Report 2003-2004